Under Teddy Kennedy's 1965 immigration act, our immigration policy changed from one that replicated the existing ethnic population to one that strictly favored unskilled immigrants from the Third World. Since 1968, 85 percent of legal immigrants have come from what is euphemistically called "developing countries."
We can't admit computer scientists from Spain fleeing their failing socialist nation because we have to make room for a recent Senegalese immigrant's brother-in-law with no skills but great needs.
Most recent immigrants oppose abortion, gay marriage and big government. The problem is that poor, uneducated people -- the Democratic base -- are easily demagogued into voting tribally.
A white person can vote for a Republican or a Democrat without anyone saying to him, "HOW CAN YOU VOTE AGAINST YOUR RACE?" But that is exactly how poor Hispanics and blacks are pressured into voting Democratic.
Noticeably, the No. 1 issue Obama had in his favor this year was not his policies. It was that a majority of voters agreed with the statement: Obama "cares for people like me." That's how Hugo Chavez got elected.
Meaning: education is the key for the GOP. Even more importantly, educating the underinformed and undereducated is key. Will they be open to that? They might. Foxnews has a new report: Latino poverty rate climbs to 28%. After four more years of continued or worse economic hardships, I'm guessing a lot of people in poverty - of any race - will be more open to listening to what the GOP has to say. This will require the base in the GOP to reach out and act as mentors and educators - the liberal media sure isn't going to do it, and neither is the RNC, given their history. As Ann Coulter points out, the underinformed are tribal voters. I've lived in near the ghetto before, and that statement is absolutely true.